Best Yarn for Baby Blankets

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There’s nothing more special than knitting a baby blanket yourself, whether it’s for your little one or your granddaughter or grandson. However, the key thing is to find the best yarn for baby blanket, to ensure comfort but also safety for the babies.

In this article, we’ll show you some of the best yarn materials that are commonly used for baby blankets. Also, we’ll teach you how we choose our yarn for baby blankets, so you won’t have a hard time getting on with your little project right away, so let’s break it down!

How to Choose the Best Yarn for Baby Blanket

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No matter how good you are at knitting and crocheting, taking time to find and select the best yarn for baby blanket will help you make the best possible baby blankets. These blankets will be comfortable and safe for the baby, but will also withstand washing. With a wide range of different yarn types, here are a few things you should pay attention to during the selection process.

  • Material type and characteristics
  • Swatch (check it)
  • Washing ability
  • Length
  • Color

The most common material for baby blankets is wool. Superwash wool is the most enduring material that fits the intended purpose of these blankets. However, keep in mind that there are many other materials we frequently see and these include cotton, bamboo, and acrylic. Each material has different fiber characteristics. This will determine how well your baby blanket turns out and how comfortable it is in the end.

Swatch is a sample you can have a look at and it’s important to inspect it closely before you dive deep into the yarn type you selected. Swatch can help you understand how will the blanket turn out as it helps you visualize, inspect, and feel the material on a larger scale. This is useful since you won’t have to wait and guess what your blanket will turn out like. This isn’t something many people do, but it’s super useful to ensure you don’t end up with the “wrong” type of material you don’t end up liking in the end.

Washing ability is also a big factor you should consider because it’s a baby blanket. The chances are it’ll get dirty much quicker than usual and having the ability to wash it is crucial. The best yarn for washing is synthetic, but this might not be the best material for a baby blanket. Therefore, the next best choice is the superwash wool, cotton, bamboo, or linen.

Length will also matter, but it’s not as important when it comes down to knitting a blanket. As well as paying attention to length, we recommend paying attention that there’s enough yarn in stock in the store you’re purchasing from. This will ensure you can get enough yarn if you end up needing more to finish the blanket.

Lastly, color will depend on personal preference, but we also recommend choosing one of the colors that will fit the baby the best. Some of the best colors for the baby are the high-contrast colors, besides black and white combinations. 

Best Yarn for Baby Blanket

With so many yarn types on the market, the choice can be hard. Now that you know what to look for in a yarn you’ll use for a baby blanket, we’ll show you some of the best yarns for baby blankets we like the most.

Cotton to the Core Knit & Crochet Yarn

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Cotton to the Core is one of the best brands if you’re looking for quality yarn you can use it for knitting and crocheting. It’s a blend of cotton material and it is made with a unique construction of cotton. Such a construction ensures that a baby blanket turns out fashionable and fabulous. Yarn is soft and very squishable, making it the ideal yarn for babies. The softer, the better, and this is the softest it gets.

What’s great about this yarn is that you can use it for both knitting and crocheting, so if you’re not making a baby blanket, you can make anything from scarves, hats, mittens, and more. Almost anything that comes to your mind can be doable. What we like the most is that there are plenty of colors blended, and you can also get various packs of yarn for unique combinations. There are 44 different yarn colors and combinations, so you can make endless combinations for unique things that no one else will have.

Colors are very suitable for babies since they’re from the soft pastel panel, rich in tones, and neutral enough, making a great fit for the little ones. We believe that such colors and combinations enhance creativity, so checking out multi-color packs is highly recommended. If not, you can stick to single-color packs and mix the colors yourself.

Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn

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This specific yarn from the Bernat is specially made for baby blankets and that’s how it’s advertised. If you’re not sure which yarn will make a good fit for your little one, you can’t go wrong with this yarn. It’s made of 100% polyester which ensures better durability and washing ability.

You can use it for knitting, crocheting, various project crafts, and even amigurumi. This material dries very quickly and it can withstand often washing, and yet it’s still soft enough for babies. When you’re not making baby blankets, the Bernat yarn is suitable for all fashionable pieces, including home decor, clothes, and more.

Something we must mention is that Bernat yarn is tested for over 300 harmful substances, ensuring safety for the baby’s skin. Upon feeling of the yarn, you wouldn’t be able to guess it’s 100% polyester thanks to the luxury soft feel. This yarn’s characteristics, are a great fit for many projects and is convenient to use and wash after use.

It’s also important to note that this yarn is gauge 6 so it’s very bulky and it’s recommended for knitting needles of the following sizes: 8 sc, 13 rows, and 8 mm (U.S. 11). If you’re crocheting, we highly recommend using the following crochet hook size: 7 sc, 8 rows, 8 mm (U.S. L/11).

Considering the price, you can get a lot of yarn without overpaying, and yet you’ll still get a very decent quality, ensuring plenty of yarn for a variety of projects. Using this yarn, we must say that other than being fashionable and soft, it’s also very warm, making it ideal for cold winter days. Needless to say, it’ll keep your baby warm at all times.

About Strings 100% Organic Cotton Yarn

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If you’re looking for an easy yarn, and most importantly, quick to work with, this 100% organic cotton yarn makes it a great choice. It’s a yarn type that’s ideal for beginners but is also beloved by seasoned knitters and crocheters.

Being made of 100% cotton, this yarn is very well structured and most importantly, soft, which makes it a perfect yarn for the making of baby blankets. What we noticed and what we like the most about this yarn is that it doesn’t unravel and it holds well together. Not only is it a joy working with such yarn, but it also ensures that the end product is beautiful and super soft.

For things to get even better, you get two balls that are neatly wound. They are even nicely packaged as they come with a ribbon that isn’t only there for the looks, but also keeps the balls together.

Another thing we liked about this yarn is the density. It doesn’t only feel natural and soft, but it is also thick, making it ideal for keeping babies cold in the winter. However, we believe that garments might be a little bit harder to make and it’s something experienced knitters could take on.

Considering the price and that you get two balls, the cost is very reasonable, and knowing it’s a trusted manufacturer, you’ll always be able to get more when needed.

Tweed Twinkles Super Soft Textured Yarn

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When you need a super soft yarn that’s textured and easy to work with to make baby blankets, Tweed Twinkles has the right type of yarn. This soft yarn is built from ply constructions, giving great depth and movement to the finished products. 

That being said, you can expect a very soft and yet very well-structured baby blanket that’s going to be super comfortable and warm. On top of that, you won’t have issues throwing baby blankets made of this yarn into the washing machine or a dryer regularly, because that’s how quality Tweed Twinkles yarn is. The only thing you shouldn’t do is use bleach on this yarn.

Besides baby blankets, this yarn is ideal for knitting or crocheting many more products, such as hats, mittens, sweaters, and others. However, we like this yarn for baby products and projects. The yarn weight is 3 so we recommend using the 5-7 needle size and E-4 to 7 hook size. What’s also great about the Tweed Twinkles brand itself is that they give you plenty of ideas for knitting and crocheting. So if you need inspiration or motivation, you can have a look at some of their examples.

Tweed Twinkles includes examples of end products like baby dresses, a variety of blankets, romper sets, cardigans, coasters, and even booties. Considering the price-to-value ratio, Tweed Twinkles is super soft and it’s very reasonably priced. Considering the amount of yarn you get in a single ball and the quality itself, the price is very reasonable.

INSCRAFT Yarn Set

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If you’re preparing to get a lot of knitting down and you need a perfect yarn for it, there’s no better idea than getting the INSCRAFT yarn set. In this set, you get 62 different yarn colors made of acrylic skeins, in total 2170 yards of yarn. On top of that, you’ll also get 2 crochet hooks, 2 weaving needles, and even 10 stitch markers. Whether you’re a beginner or you just need a lot of yarn, this is the right set to get.

All of this comes in one storage bag so you’ll have an easy way to store it and you won’t have to worry about encouraging creativity, because just looking at this wonderful and colorful set will boost your creativity and give you ideas. Needless to say, with such options of colors, you get to make all sorts of baby blankets, literally anything that comes to your mind, this set’s got the right colors for it.

Apart from crocheting and knitting, you can also do amigurami and various crafts. Of course, when you’re done making the most perfect blankets that you visualize, you can also make other baby-related accessories.

Considering the price of this yarn set, it’s super affordable, especially when you calculate how much you spend for a yard. It’s super affordable and ideal for anyone’s budget. When you make wonderful baby blankets, you won’t have any issues machine washing them, as long as you don’t use bleach and don’t iron them. You can even tumble dry it in normal settings without worrying about messing up all your work for the little one.

Conclusion

Choosing the best yarn for a baby blanket might take a bit of time, but preparation is important and it’s the most important part of the process. If you fail this step, you might not like the end product and your baby blanket might not turn out as expected.

Choice material is super important if you’re going to make baby blankets because they need to be soft, comfortable, and suitable for babies so their skin doesn’t react to the material. With our guide on how to choose the best yarn for a baby blanket and a selection of the top 5 yarn types we like the most, you can’t go wrong. All you need to do is make a choice and enjoy turning your project into a product for your loved ones!

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